No, You Don’t Need to Send Vector Files.

Why Sending Your Art as Vectors is Usually Unnecessary and Probably a Bad Idea

Tom Froese
14 min readJun 7, 2024

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I never expected to write about vector files, but here we are. The reason? I’m actually pretty fired up about how, contrary to conventional industry wisdom, vector files are rarely necessary. That artists must send vector files to their clients and printers is outrageous — especially for illustrators (myself included) who don’t even work in this format.

Read this if you want to learn more about:

  • The differences between raster and vector artwork;
  • Why certain silkscreen and letterpress printers (especially T-shirt printers) needwant you to send your art as vectors;
  • Why the 3 most important qualities for such printing have little to do with vectors.

Read all the way to the end, and I’ll give you one very good reason why you should rarely send vector files to your client, even if you illustrate in a vector style.

Also, just to be clear, I’m talking about illustration here, not design. In most design contexts, you should probably create your work in vector format. That applies to logos, branding assets, documents and layouts, and almost everything else. (But that doesn’t…

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Tom Froese

Illustrator. Creatively Empowering Teacher/Speaker. Represented by Making Pictures/UK & Dot Array/USA. Top Teacher on @skillshare. www.tomfroese.com/links